Imagine you’ve just forked out £160 for some AirPods. You’re feeling great – you’re down with the kids and can finally tell everyone you’re keeping up with the latest trends.
Now imagine you’re wearing the pods for the first time and have the devastating realisation that they have the tendency to slip out when you’re running, or moving slightly quicker than usual.
Not to worry though, because then you realise you can simply fork out another £50 for an AirPod carrying strap that will hold them in place. What’s this strap, I hear you ask? It’s only something that goes and transforms your pods into, well, the normal earphones you just chucked out.
Erm, yes. So apparently that’s now a thing people are doing, as though that makes any sense at all. Which, disclaimer: it doesn’t, by the way.
The straps, which let the AirPods dangle around the wearer’s neck (you know, like the wire already attached to earphones), have magnetic locks that are said to ‘protect’ your pods by snapping them around your neck.
Sold by Tapper, the straps come in a range of different colours and materials – ranging from nylon to leather to gold-plated rope chains – and cost anywhere from €30 to €70 (£25 to £60).
Which begs the question: why?! Sure, the leather straps look fashionable and I’m sure the gold-plated chain has its perks, but I thought the whole point of AirPods was so you didn’t have to deal with the wires getting tangled?
Well, maybe that wasn’t the whole point – that could have something to do with their impressive features – but you know where I’m coming from.
Regardless, this just goes to show we’ve well and truly reached peak millennial and there’s no turning back from here.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).